On Thursday 27 June 2013, COTA NSW brought together experts, politicians and members of the community to discuss the issues and decisions that confront us as we face the end of life. Opened by the Hon. Andrew Constance, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, the forum covered a broad range of issues, including hospital care, palliative care, carer support, advance care directives. The forum concluded with a discussion of the pros and cons of ‘assisted dying.’ The overriding message of the forum was that we need to re-frame death, from the way we talk about it, to the way death is experienced.
Please click on the links below to view presentations from the forum.
Kath Brewster, President, COTA NSW
The Hon. Andrew Constance, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services
Professor Ken Hillman, University of NSW and author of 'Vital Signs'
Bianca Nogrady, science writer and author of 'The End: the Human Experience of Death'
Professor Colleen Cartwright, Southern Cross University, talking about the legal instruments for establishing your wishes at end of life.
Peter Cleasby, Palliative Care Australia, talking about palliative care - the issues and the future.
Gillian Batt, LifeCircle Australia, talking about supporting carers to create a better end of life experience for the person dying and those closest to them.
Nicholas Cowdery, AM QC, speaking about the criminal law around end of life in NSW - the status of medical intervention and assisted dying - gaps, issues and future reform.
Dr Megan Best, Palliative Medicine physician and bio-ethicist speaking about allowing natural death.
Dr Sarah Edelman, Dying with Dignity NSW, talking about assisted dying.
Kath Brewster, President, COTA NSW - Conclusion
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